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Midnight Sun New Bedford, MA

Vessel Details


The Midnight Sun left New Bedford on November 10, 1962, and disappeared in a storm on November 14 as she headed home to New Bedford from the fishing grounds. Late Wednesday and Thursday a storm packing  winds of more than 90 miles an hour whipped seas into 50-foot waves as it ripped across Georges Bank. Local fishermen considered the storm to have been one of the worst of the century. Last radio contact was reported between 2 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.  The Midnight Sun was reported overdue when she failed to return to port along with the other vessels she had been fishing with. The Coast Guard conducted a seven-day, 63,000-square-mile search for the vessel but found no wreckage.

Name Age
August Larsen 33
Arne Lindanger 53
Jon Nilsen 18
John Wagner 36
Sam Lund 55
Asbjorn Pedersen 44
Olav Ferkingstad 34
Gordon Kallestein 22
Torgils Holmen 42
Magne Risdal 55
Jens Ferkingstad 46

  • Trade Indicator: Fishery
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Year Built: 1960
  • Ship Builder: Harvey F. Gamage
  • Owner: Risdal & Anderson Inc
  • Previous Owners:
  • Service: Commercial fishing
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  • USCG Doc. No.: 281000
  • IMO Number:
  • Call Sign: WM8321
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  • Length (ft): 64.8 ft.
  • Hull Depth (ft): 9.4 ft.
  • Hull Breadth (ft): 17.4 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage: 67
  • Net Tonnage: 46